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Belguardo BELGUARDO 2

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11 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
8 guests
7 nights minimum
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Ground floor: 1 large living room with fireplace 1 dining room 1 kitchen First floor: 2 double bedrooms 2 twin bedrooms 3 bathrooms with shower 1 bathroom with tub Garden: The garden is equipped with a table and chairs. A barbecue is shared with Belguardo 1. At the far end of the gardens lies a charming pool (8 x 4.5 m) with sunbeds and deckchairs. The house is equipped with satellite TV, CD-stereo, fridge with freezer, gas stove, oven, electric kettle, toaster, dishwasher, mobile fans for the bedrooms, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, Italian mocha machine (not electrical like in a bar, but the one you screw together and put on the stove) and a French press coffee maker. Furthermore there is a shared laundry. This house for 8 people was restored with great care to keep the original atm...Ground floor: 1 large living room with fireplace 1 dining room 1 kitchen First floor: 2 double bedrooms 2 twin bedrooms 3 bathrooms with shower 1 bathroom with tub Garden: The garden is equipped with a table and chairs. A barbecue is shared with Belguardo 1. At the far end of the gardens lies a charming pool (8 x 4.5 m) with sunbeds and deckchairs. The house is equipped with satellite TV, CD-stereo, fridge with freezer, gas stove, oven, electric kettle, toaster, dishwasher, mobile fans for the bedrooms, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, Italian mocha machine (not electrical like in a bar, but the one you screw together and put on the stove) and a French press coffee maker. Furthermore there is a shared laundry. This house for 8 people was restored with great care to keep the original atmosphere intact. The skills of local craftsmen were put to use for that purpose. The old terracotta floors were saved whenever possible, whereas rustic hand-made terracotta liles cover the new kitchen and the dining room floors, which used to be the stables. All the ceilings show the original wooden beams. The house spreads out over several levels, steps leading up and down from one room to another. Light floods in from the windows which look out onto the front garden. On the ground floor all three rooms have glass doors leading into the garden, which has a table and chairs for al fresco meals. Our tip: although these are separate houses they are just the thing for a larger group - plenty of privacy and your very own leafy oasis! Taken together, the houses sleep a maximum of 13 (7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms). Overlooking the wide Orcia valley This house belongs to a large property which extends over the hills overlooking the Val d'Orcia, an enchanting and miraculously unspoilt valley in southern Tuscany, listed as UNESCO world heritage in 2004. Midway between Florence and Rome, the estate is also within easy reach of Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi and Orvieto. Renaissance and medieval gems such as Pienza, Montepulciano, Monticchiello and Montalcino and the Abbey of Sant'Antimo are only a few miles away from the houses you can rent at the property. The countryside around the estate abounds in lovely walks in the woods and the typical 'crete senesi' (clay hills) of the region. The food is considered the best in Tuscany and famous wines such as the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino can be sampled in the local cellars. The name of this house means 'beautiful view' - rightly so, as the entire Orcia valley and the Amiata mountain are spread out below. The house lies at 600 metres above sea level, not far from the medieval castle Castelletto belonging to the estate, where exhibitions and a music festival take place in summer. Fields and woods surround Belguardo, which includes a large stone granary. Over the long, two-storied farmhouse grow vines and roses, lavender and rosemary. This farmhouse is divided into three sections, one of which is occupied by the farmer's family whilst the other two are for rent. The square in front of the house is paved with large flat stones and in Italian is called the 'aia'. This is where the wheat used to be threshed. Behind the house lies a beautifully maintained garden with stunning views. At the far end of the garden there is a pool with sunbeds and deckchairs. Due to the altitude, even on the hottest summer day pleasant breezes prevail. The overall atmosphere is one of rustic charm and comfort. A country restaurant where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner is in walking distance (1.5 km), if you feel like a stroll. Places of interest The property's location makes excursions to Siena, Assisi, Orvieto, Perugia, Arezzo and Florence an easy day trip. But the area below Siena, stretching from the monastery of Monte Oliveto to Montalcino and Montepulciano offers some rewarding sites that are well worth a visit. In San Quirico d'Orcia make sure you see the Horti Leonini, an early Renaissance garden, as well as the western door in the city wall and the Collegiata (main church). Montalcino is beautifully situated on a hill inhabited since Etruscan times, swathed in vineyards and olive groves. It is a quiet, affluent, attractive town with pretty buildings and flower-filled squares, and many shops selling the Brunello di Montalcino. Montepulcino is a graceful Tuscan hill town, best known for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which was being praised by connoisseurs over 200 years ago and can certainly contend with Italy's best today. Pienza, the unfinished 'utopian' city, was commissioned by Pope Pius II in 1459. Chiusi is one of our favourites because of its unpretentious liveliness. Compared to Montepulciano it is uncontaminated by tourism. Chiusi has a railway station - from here it is a quick ride to the city center of Rome. Monticchiello is a pleasant walled village, whose crooked watch-tower is visible from afar. Next to the church is a small shop which sells local linens (towelMore
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Listed Since:April 2010
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DVD Player
Grill
Refrigerator
Washer
Central Heating
Dishwasher
Towels Provided
Cable/satellite TV
Ceiling Fans
Stereo System
TV
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Secure Parking
Wi-Fi
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Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
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